Julia Marco is a Spanish compulsive drawer and dedicated printmaker who studied Fine Art in Valencia then went on to complete an MA in Print at the RCA. She has also deepened her printmaking skills by working at different studios and workshops around the world such as Akademia sztuk pięknych in Krakow, Keystone Editions in Berlin, Helsinki Litho in Finland and Tamarind Institute in New Mexico.
Traveling and the discovery of new surroundings is at the core of her practice, where her work is concerned with the relationship between the subject and its surroundings, how this relationship can be mediated through imagery, and the role that automatism has in it. She ties together drawing and walking as key elements informing her work. Both activities are responsive to a preconfigured space. Julia mentions that she is “interested in the point where restriction meets intuitive response. For me, this is intrinsically linked to perambulating: when I draw and when I walk, the decisions are made rapidly.”
From the frenetic city environment to the meticulous examination of still life, her work results of the observation of the world around us, perceived through walks and hikes. Walking and pausing are acts that are not in line with the rush of our time. She reclaims the pause and the look as conscious and committed action. Walking even in the hectic environment of the city. Walking as a modus operandi.
Paul Klee defined drawing as “taking a line for a walk”. This is a description that Julia relates to. Indeed, the sensations she collects walking are organised in abstract paths of sensations on paper. She attempts to gather this constant research process, filling notebooks and papers as a diary capturing the journey, escaping the transcendent logic of the finished piece. These series are not intended as an accumulation of conclusions but as series of investigatory propositions. Walking is the right speed to understand, and drawing is the right speed to tell.